EDINBURG, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball team split a pair of games on Tuesday, winning 4-2 over Texas – Pan American in the first game of the day, while falling 9-8 against the Broncs in the nightcap at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.
The Islanders (25-20) got a three-run home run by Jordan Lee, his first of the year, in game one that turned out to be the game winner, and Jacob Dorris came on to get his 10th save of the season, while Seth Horton picked up his first win of the season. Dorris was not as fortunate in game two, coming on in the ninth, but giving up two unearned runs as UTPA won 9-8 on a walk-off single.
Adam Hoelscher pitched a brilliant 5.0 innings in game two, shutting down UTPA after they scored seven runs in the first three innings, before giving way to Franco Pace with two outs in the eighth. Hoelscher allowed just two hits over the five innings while walking one and striking out one.
Game one saw the Islanders fall behind by a 1-0 score in the third inning, and it would last until the top of the fifth when they knotted it at 1-1.
Stafford Brantley started the inning off with a one-out single and then stole second base. After the second out was recorded, Kyle Danford came up with an RBI single through left side to even the score at 1-1.
UTPA regained the lead at 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Islanders would take the final lead in the top of the eighth.
Cody Stephens singled up the middle to lead things off, and Jonathan Gonzales singled to right to move Stephens to second. Brad Porras followed with what was nearly an inning-ending double play, but a bobble on the turn allowed the inning to continue, with just Gonzales being forced at second for out number two.
The Islanders then tried to run the delay steal play twice, with Porras missing the sign the first time, and then Lee fouling the next pitch off, so the play was taken off and Lee was just told to swing away. That is just what he did, drilling a pitch down the right field line and hitting the fair/foul pole for a three-run home run to make it a 4-2 lead.
That score would hold up, as Dorris came on in the ninth and closed it out for his 10th save to become the first player in Islanders history to record double-digit saves in a season.
Game two started out badly for the Islanders, giving up two runs in the first, two in the second and three in the third before Hoelscher came on to get the final out. From there he shutdown the Broncs, giving up no runs and just two hits over the course of the next five innings as the Islanders would take the lead.
They score two runs in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 7-2, and then they plated six runs on six hits in the fifth to take a slim 8-7 lead.
Hoelscher continued to make it stand up, going all the way until two outs in the bottom of the eighth, giving way to Pace for the final out of the inning.
Dorris came on once again in the ninth, but this time the Islanders were not as fortunate. He allowed two walks and one hit, with the tying run scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, and then an RBI single ended the game at 9-8. Both runs were unearned, as a one-out error allowed a batter to reach base and go on to score the eventual winning run.
Next up for the Islanders will be a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend at Chapman Field. It will be the first three of six straight games for the Islanders in the final two home weekends of the year. First pitch against McNeese State is set for 6 p.m. on Friday night.
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